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The #1 oil I always have on hand is… COCONUT OIL
I’ll share why in a second. But please know – this is in addition to my long-time staple: extra virgin olive oil (organic) – and a few other unique oils I’ll share with you in the future. But for now – some key points on coconut oil…
1 – It’s an amazing alternative to butter. Don’t misunderstand me here though. Butter can still be a healthy part of a well structured nutrition plan. It’s when it gets overused, with the wrong foods, in the wrong recipes – and gets consumed FAR TOO MUCH, where it creates problems.
So, when I do want some variety – I simply use coconut oil where I would use butter. On steamed cauliflower, or broccoli – for example.
2 – For roasting carrots and brussel sprouts. Since it is a “high heat” oil – it is perfect for longer cooking periods, such as when roasting. Add some sea-salt and black pepper and you end up with…. YUM!
3 – As a natural, high-strength moisturizer. my hands spend lots of time in the water. Between making salads, rinsing veggies & fruits – and ocean activities – my hands get very dry. So several times a day – and then before bed – I give my hands a good dose of coconut oil, rubbed in thoroughly. It works EXTREMELY well and has a pleasant smell, as well.
Here’s a photo of me showing my appreciation of coconut oil:
Here’s a photo of my part-time office assistant (and daughter :-), just after her shower, with our big jars of coconut oil:
Here’s a close-up of the label:
“Where can I get this specific coconut oil, Joey?”
I knew you’d ask that
If you’re a member of Costco – you should be able to get it there as that is where I usually get mine.
As a kid growing up in a traditional Italian household – food was an important part of everyday life… Every meal was sacred.
And my grandparents naturally taught us this – simply by living example.
One day when my Nonna (Grandmother) was making sauce – I was watching her add the spices, etc…
As she held the jar of natural sea-salt and added just the right number of pinches to the sauce – I asked “What is that?
She said “sale marino”… (which is sea-salt in Italian).
And I asked why it looks and feels so different from “regular salt” that I’d see in my American friends’ houses…
She said;“Sea salt is a gift from the earth. A perfect creation of Mother Nature. When nature gives us something perfect – we shouldn’t try to change it for any reason. And that’s the problem with regular salt. It’s been changed so it’s easier and cheaper to make – and because of that we don’t get the nutrients we are supposed to – and the food tastes like garbage.”
That simple explanation not only resonated for years and years to come… But the older I got the more I realized how right she was.
Sea salt is PERFECT and it tastes worlds better than regular table salt. But, this should be of no surprise – as there are undeniable reasons for this.
Sea salt is the # 1 condiment I can’t live without:
– because it’s a full spectrum electrolyte
– STRAIGHT FROM NATURE. And yes…
– it adds a flavor to my meals that regular table salt can’t even come close too – EVER.
But there’s more to this story. See – my favorite brand is Aztec Sea Salt – because the guys who started this little artisan company are PASSIONATE about what they harvest – AND the earth they harvest it from…
Be sure to let them know you heard of them from me – and be sure to spread the word about their mission. These are the kinds of people who will help us make the world a better, more sustainable place.
To give you a deeper view of when/how I add sea-salt into my daily nutrition – here are some photos…
This is a shot of my daily salad. It’s never exactly the same – but very similar from day to day… It really just depends on what greens I’m in the mood for – and what fruits I want to add…
This AWESOME salad above has the following in it:
– Chopped Romaine
– Onion Powder
– Garlic Powder
– Black Pepper
– Aztec Sea-Salt
– Balsamic Vinegar
– Ava Jane’s Avocado Oil
Below is s quick shot of me checking out my new Avocado oil as I get the magical salad together. The silver and black bag is my Aztec sea-salt bag
Highly recommended Items to add to your ‘Health & Fitness Kitchen’ (Note: these are ONLY available in the USA and Canada as of today) 1 – – Aztec Sea-Salt 2 – – Ava Jane’s Avocado Oil
As always PLEASE let me know if you have any questions about my recipe, if you want more recipes like this… If the photos are helpful… etc…
Any thoughts or comments on how YOU use sea salt or avocado oil? (feel free to share YOUR recipes in the comment box below… Or anything else that’s on your mind – just post below because I’d like to know…
You may remember from past posts that I am not a fan of TV. …Haven’t had one for the last 5-6 years. Didn’t miss it – didn’t need it… Lots of other things to do…
Most programming is horrible and detrimental to society. And the commercials??? Are you kidding me? Most of them are just unbearable… A terrible reflection of what resonates with society… (I know that is a generalization – but it is still bad).
Anyway – This year I gave in (on a LIMITED basis) simply because me and the kids enjoy watching hockey ( GO NY RANGERS!), soccer – and some good educational shows (TLC, Discovery, Science, The Profit, etc…)…
Again – some of the commercials are so ridiculous I can’t even put it into words…
HOWEVER – every now and again – we’ll see one that can be considered good. And I want to share one of them with you as I think you’ll enjoy it…
Watch it once for a chuckle – then watch it again for a laugh. Good, clean, subtle humor.
Nothing trashy, nothing degrading, nothing to make you shake your head in disgust.
Watch for these:
“Money doesn’t spend itself…”
“Look at my muscle…”
I’m curious to know if you thought the clip was funny – or not. Either way is good, we all have our own sense of humor… But I’m still curious to hear your thoughts. Funny – or not? Post your answer below. PLEASE
I value your opinion – so please share it below after reading what I’ve decided:
If you’ve been tuned-in to my last few ‘Updates from AtlasVille’… you know I’m planning on opening a new fitness studio (based on my unique methods) by the end of this year. And then a few more in 2016 – and then franchising the model to reach & help as many people as possible..
And If you’ve only tuned in recently – well, now you know
But I’ve made a BIG decision in the last few weeks. And here’s where I’d love to hear your thoughts.
The new fitness studios
will be for WOMEN ONLY…
I’m HIGHLY Aware of How Many Women AVOID Fitness Centers Because of the Co-Ed Factor
Truth be told, if I was a woman – I’d only want to go to a female-only studio. The co-ed factor would NOT work for me… Would be a HUGE turn-off.
There are several other key reasons which led to this decision. But I’ll share those in a future post.
For now – I’D LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS on this…
– Do you like it?
– Against it?
– And also, either way – let me know the “why” behind your thoughts…
Your comments mean a LOT to me – so please post below – even if for some crazy reason a voice in your head is saying “Eh, Joey doesn’t want my opinion…”
The playground is actually what sparked the idea which has evolved into the new fitness studio concept I’m aiming to have open by the end of this year… So I want to share some of this great playground fitness material with you.
Watch these and aim to give at least the easy one a try this weekend.
NOTE: be sure to get clearance from your doctor before exercising, especially for the first time. Feel free to show your doctor the videos if you wish.
The “Old” Playground Workout
I made this one a LONG time ago (about 8 years ago) – but it is still a great training session you can do anywhere you find a playground (which is GREAT for traveling).
Chest and Back Focused Playground Workout
This one is about 2.5 years old – But still very close to what I do these days when I head outdoors for an upper body workout. While this might be challenging for beginners – you can start with the “old” playground workout up top – and then use this one as a goal to aim for in the future.
These types of workouts are part of my anti-aging regimen… They are part of my lifestyle. I don’t have to force myself to do them. I look forward to doing them, especially when traveling.
And every now and again – someone watching will be inspired into action. (The Ripple Effect)
Sure there’s time to relax – to sit at the edge of the water – or on a park bench. But that is earned… The body needs “work” first to let the “rest” feel that much more relaxing. There’s more to that story – so stay tuned for it.
Any questions? Please post below.
Comments, thoughts, etc… You can post those below too